The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump celebrates veterans in NYC |  Loud protesters along Fifth Ave. |  Pence at Arlington National Ceremony |  Public impeachment hearings start Wednesday |  What to watch |  Networks preempt coverage |  GOP Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues MORE won’t seek reelection | Record-breaking cold set to hit East Coast |  National Sundae Day



The closed doors are opening:  

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, House Democrats are shifting the impeachment inquiry into the public phase this week, holding the first public hearings on Capitol Hill.

The inquiry up until now: “Since Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSekulow indicates White House not interested in motion to dismiss impeachment articles Overnight Health Care: Trump restores funding for Texas program that bars Planned Parenthood | Trump to attend March for Life | PhRMA spent record on 2019 lobbying Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week MORE (D-Calif.) formally launched the impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24, Democrats have kept their investigation largely from the public eye, interviewing more than a dozen diplomats and national security officials — obscure figures, to the name — in a secluded meeting room of the Capitol, three stories below ground, where even lawmakers must check their cell phones at the door.” 


And going forward: “That will change on Wednesday, when Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters MORE (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, will launch a Phase 2 of public hearings into Trump's dealings with Ukraine, featuring a pair of witnesses embroiled in the administration's campaign to pressure foreign leaders in Kiev to find dirt on Trump's political opponents at home.”


George Kent, a senior official at The State Department is testifying on Wednesday 

William Taylor, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is testifying on Wednesday.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted, is testifying on Friday.


Over the weekend, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) turned down a Republican request for Hunter Biden and the unnamed whistleblower to testify.


“ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS on Wednesday will preempt their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee's open impeachment hearings of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE.”

Plus: “As expected, all of the major cable news networks, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CSPAN will also offer live coverage.” 

It’s Monday. Happy Veterans Day to all. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Celebrating veterans:


This morning, President Trump spoke at the New York City Veterans Day parade and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony.  

Livestream of the speech

Tidbit outside the speech: “Incredibly loud protests outside the Trump speech along Fifth Avenue, with whistles, chants of ‘Lock him up!’" (Via The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman 

^Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr NY Times's Haberman: Trump 'surprised' Iranian strike wasn't 'more of a unifying event' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings MORE then added: “This is all a reminder of why it would have been virtually impossible for Trump to return to NY to live after the White House.” 

Across the street: There is an “impeach” sign on a building across the street. Photo via Bloomberg’s Jordan Fabian 

Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million Trump Organization to cut off bids on Washington hotel this month FBI searched home and office of lobbyist Trump denied knowing: report MORE and Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioHow far will New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio go to protect undocumented aliens? The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign MORE shake hands: Here’s a photo, via The New York Post’s Jon Levine 

The view from the back:


Vice President Pence spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. Livestream


What else is happening in Congress this week:

Export-Import Bank: “The House is expected to take up legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which aims to aid the export of American goods and services, this week, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules House revives agenda after impeachment storm House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate MORE (D-Md.) said in a Dear Colleague letter sent to the caucus. Congress faces a Nov. 21 deadline before its current funding expires.” 

Equal Rights Amendment: “The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up legislation to eliminate the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.” 

Government funding: “Top members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are scheduled to meet this week as they try to break a stalemate on fiscal 2020 negotiations.”  

Nominations: “The Senate is keeping its focus on nominations this week, after returning to Washington on Tuesday.” 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke and Jordain Carney

Another retirement party to plan:

After 28 years in Washington, longtime Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) announced this morning that he is not running for reelection.

He said in a statement: "This was not an easy decision. But there is a season for everything and Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.” Read his full statement

Why now: “My daughter’s recent move to North Carolina certainly accelerated my thinking.” 

King’s tenure: “King, 75, serves on the House Homeland Security and Financial Services committees. He was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in 2005-2006 and again in 2011-2012.”


“A wave of House GOP retirements is creating headaches for party leaders and suggesting Republicans see little chance of winning back the chamber in 2020.”

So far: “Almost two dozen Republicans have announced this cycle that they are retiring from the lower chamber, resigning or running for other offices. A handful of those departing lawmakers would have faced tough reelections in competitive districts, but a vast majority occupy safe, conservative seats.”


This morning — Bernie’s got a plan for that:

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.) announced his proposed agenda for Veterans Affairs services.

The gist: “Sanders pledges to fill 50,000 job vacancies at the VA in his first year in office and ensure that those with military service in every state and territory have access to full health care services. He also proposes investing $62 billion in funding for VA infrastructure to repair and modernize facilities.”

Read his plan


Record-breaking cold is coming:

Via CNN’s Judson Jones, “This week's Arctic blast will be so cold, forecasters expect it to break more than 300 records across US.” Details and forecast







The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is in New York, N.Y. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

Today: Veterans Day. Op-ed:

11:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at the Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thursday: The Hill is hosting an event, “America's Veterans: The Next Mission.” Details and how to RSVP


10:30 a.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE participated in the New York City Veterans Day Parade. Livestream 

9 p.m. EST: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE participates in a CNN town hall.


Today is National Sundae Day.

And to liven your Monday, here’s a dog getting a haircut: